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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 114 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a lazy summer evening.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-25-2008)
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Look: Clear burnt gold with and aggressive white head. One Very active beer with tons of legs!

Smell: lots of Belgian sugar and yeast funk on the nose. Getting Belgian sugar, bananas, white peppercorn, big yeast funk, green apple, some straw, oranges, tangerines, and something earthy throughout maybe the basil but smells more like fresh grape leaves and lemon grass. Smells tasty and fresh.

Taste: Woah! This is one tasty brew. Definitely a trippel base but quickly jumps to fresh apricots, banana, lemongrass, maybe a bit of mango, pineapple, then back to the trippel with slight peppercorn, Belgian sugar, and yeast funk. One very funky and tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: This beer is light and peppery at first but that makes way for a more medium thirst quenching body. It is still surprisingly light on its feet given the ABV and packs a big taste punch! The alcohol is slightly detected in a hint of warmth.

Overall: I took a chance with this brew considering the ingredients but boy I'm glad I did. This beer is easy drinking with a big flavor punch that is both refreshing and fruity but still has a very tasty Belgian core

BergBeer, Oct 24, 2014
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything looks in order... glowing honey gold body topped with a swelling three fingers of loose paper white head, leaving layer after layer of lacing.

Nose is rather nondescript... yeast and clove, esters... no obvious adjunct presence, I tend to think that the basil might be too reminiscent of the naturally occurring tripel spice notes to really make itself known.

Judging by taste alone, I think this is my favorite of the goofy ingredient Bruery beers. Very solid tripel makes for a great backbone to host the subtle thai twist. Smooth stuff indeed.

yamar68, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber gold hazy beer with a fat head that draped tons of lace inside my glass

S: gotta be the basil - has a vegetal/herbal aroma that dominates the nose

T: the rice and basil make for a fairly vegetal tripel; the fruitiness common to tripels is subdued; there is some malty sweetness underneath, but this is not a particularly sweet tripel

M: fizzy carbonation, light-medium body; mediocre aftertaste (I'm gonna use the word "vegetal" again)

O: I love tripels and enjoy any beer that expands my tripel horizons - this is an interesting beer that tastes different but it is still enjoyable. That said, it is not necessarily what I want when I'm in the mood for a tripel, but it is worth the buy and try.

Addendum: the beer happened to have warmed very nicely and it grew on my palate, and by the end of my drink, I was really enjoying it.

Greywulfken, Aug 14, 2012
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with an off-white head. Head falls to a very small one. Thinnest of lace.

Smells like a typical Belgian Triple. Aroma of Belgian yeast with mild basil notes. Should be good.

Nice Belgian triple taste. Yeast as you'd expect with a mild alcohol taste. As it warms the basil comes through, interesting.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth with a big bite. Bit of a boozy mouthfeel.

I like it. Basil is subtle but adds something. Good beer.

dstc, Feb 21, 2011
Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.